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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Neurologist Schnapp joins hospital

Lower Keys Medical Center recently announced the addition of neurologist and pain specialist Dr. William Schnapp to its medical staff.

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Schnapp is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

He treats a wide range of problems, including headache, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and seizures. His work in pain management includes chronic neck and back pain, nerve entrapment, neuropathy and cancer pain. And he emphasizes the limitations of opiates in the management of chronic, non-cancer pain.

Schnapp has developed mobile device applications to track and treat headache disorders. He has developed a new robotic rehabilitation device to help patients recovering from stroke. He said he enjoys the meeting point of medicine and technology and plans to continue using technology to enhance the care of his patients.

Frustrated by the lack of programs and opportunities for physically disabled individuals, Schnapp founded Adaptive Sports Miami, a non-profit organization offering specialized programs to help patients with spinal disorders and traumatic brain injuries.

The organization teams with instructors to provide yoga, kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving. These activities were adapted so that people with physical disabilities would be able to participate and gain the benefits of increased flexibility, balance, mood and function. He said he hopes to expand the organization to Key West if the need exists.

He is now accepting new patients and most health insurance plans. His office is located in the Professional Building at 1111 12th St, Suite 212.

Knight named Pier House spa director

The Pier House Resort and Spa recently announced Jennifer Knight as the new spa director.

Knight brings more than 14 years of industry experience to the job, having started her career as spa sales manager at The Boulders Resort. Her success there took her to The Golden Door Spa in Puerto Rico and later to the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, states a press release from The Pier House.

"Jennifer's background speaks strongly to her skill set, but she also brings a fresh perspective and creative vision to The Spa," said Pier House General Manager Joe Dantoni.

Keys Energy honored

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored Keys Energy Services' community service efforts (KEYS) by presenting the local utility with the 2013 Community Service Award.

Keys Energy received the award for its commitment to enhancing its customers' quality of life through community-improvement programs such as their environmental initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases and ongoing involvement and support of numerous school/youth-related activities and programs throughout their service area.

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million residential and business consumers in Florida.